Card Hunter is a free-to-play game that is kinda like Dungeons & Dragons with cards. It’s amusing, colourful and quite engaging once you get into it.

Note- standing in acid is bad.

When you first start Card Hunter you get to use level 18 characters ‘borrowed’ from the GM’s big brother. This gives you a taste of the game and lets you see what its all about, before you get pushed back to level 1 and have to start from the beginning. Once you’ve made your characters, Gary the GM (yes, they have Game Masters in Card Hunters, not Dungeon Masters) introduces you to the game and tells you how to play. Throughout the campaign you get little tidbits from him and his big brother Melvin, which having played Dungeons & Dragons many years ago, I found quite amusing.

Anyway, on to the actual game play. You have three characters which you equip with loot you find from dungeons or stuff you buy. The equipment you use determines what cards you have in your deck. When you change your equipment the game shows you what cards you’ll be losing and gaining, and generally the item management is very easy to use. You fight using the cards in your deck, and there are quite a lot – healing and attacking, obviously, but also cards to change the terrain and push your opponents around. The terrain is another big factor in the game, with different characters having different movement speeds, and line of sight being important for casting spells, as well as hazards on the map that you can only move through quite slowly. The only real issues I have with the game play is that you can’t unselect a card if you choose it by mistake, and you can’t choose which way your character faces when you move it, you need to use another movement card. Some extra classes would also have been nice.

The game is very easy to get into, and the first couple of dungeons are pretty easy. It starts ramping up in difficulty though, and you’ll have to think about the weaknesses of the monsters you’re fighting and the map. There are different dungeons for different party levels, and once you pass the level limit for a dungeon if you replay it you won’t get any experience points. The dungeons re-set every day though, so once you clear all the dungeons for your level you can replay them the next day.

From: Cardhunter.com

Card Hunter is free to play, but you can pay to access extra dungeons, figurines and equipment. You don’t need to pay to be able to do well on the campaign (single player mode), as for multiplayer (ie, whether you can pay to win), I can’t say at this point. When you play multiplayer you use level 18 characters, so even if you aren’t far in campaign mode you can still play multiplayer. When you win in multiplayer you get equipment and items, which you can then use back in single-player.

The game is quite enjoyable, and it looks great. It’s bright and colourful, the dungeons are all different and the figurines are quite detailed. My favourite part is probably Gary and Melvin’s dialogue, and so far, I’m enjoying the game quite a lot.

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